National Event Day: Cinemas across the USA to screen 1984 on April 4th
6:00 Door open
7:00 On screen introduction by Michael Radford
7:05 Screening of 1984 followed by comments by Michael Radford the director who made the film. His comments were filmed in Rome on Saturday March 25, 2017
Post film conversation with a group from Salve Regina University: Dr. Dean de la Motte, professor of Modern Languages and Dr. Craig Condella, Associate professor of Philosophy. Conversation will be moderated by Dr. D. Matthew Ramsey, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of English and Communications
Our goal is to honor John Hurt the actor who played Winston Smith in 1984 who died on January 25, 2017 and to educate through community conversation. The date of April 4th has been chosen because it is the day George Orwell’s protagonist Winston Smith begins rebelling against his oppressive government by keeping a forbidden diary.
1984 is also being re-produced as a play that will open at the Hudson Theatre in NYC on June 22, 2017 as the first play of the 2017-2018 Broadway season.
Orwell’s novel begins with the sentence “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” Orwell’s portrait of a government that manufactures their own facts, demands total obedience, and demonizes foreign enemies, has never been timelier. This film will encourage a conversation about our most basic values: freedom of speech, respect for our fellow human beings.
By doing what we do best, showing a movie, we believe that cinemas across the USA can initiate a much needed community conversation at a time when the existence of facts and basic human rights are under attack.
Synopsis: Winston Smith, a bureaucratic flunky living in a totalitarian state, breaks the law by falling in love with Julia. Attempting to escape, Winston and Julia are tracked down by the Thought Police and "re-educated" into loving the Stat
John Hurt, Richard Burton, Susanna Hamilton